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Hong Xue, Ph.D., M.S.

Research program member: Cancer Prevention and Control

Box 980430
830 E. Main St.
Richmond, VA 23219




Assistant Professor, Health Behavior and Policy, School of Medicine


PhD, Johns Hopkins University (2016)
PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (2010)
MS, North Carolina A&T State University (2005)

Research description

I focus on systems modeling and simulations for effective tobacco control and prevention policies among youth in Virginia. The prevalence of current cigarette smoking among youth has declined from 2011 to 2016, however, use of electronic cigarettes has been increasing dramatically in recent years in the U.S. E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used form of tobacco among middle and high school students. In Virginia, there about 2 in 10 high school students and 1 in 10 middle school students reporting EC use. Unlike traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes are largely unregulated. There is an urgent need for the scientific community to provide the best available evidence to identify and address the gaps in the mandates and implementation strategies. Our study is the first study that aims to use systems science and simulation modeling methods to build interactive Virginia-based tobacco prevention and control policy simulation models to assist policy development, implementation, and evaluation to prevent and control tobacco use among youth in Virginia.

Research keywords

Nutrition, health economics, behavior economics, obesity, systems science

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